Date: 3rd June 2015 at 9:54pm
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Leon Britton is now considering his future after manager Garry Monk has told him that he could play even less games next season after only managing seven League starts last term.

The Swansea City legend admits that he’s now considering his options after being told by the manager that he could find it even harder to get a first team opportunity next year, as the likes of Jay Fulton and Matt Grimes will be pushed harder to make more of an impact.

In between illness and niggling injuries that have been off and on all season, Leon Britton, who has been at the club since 2002 across two separate spells, is now facing up to the fact that he may no longer be a Swansea City player in a month or two.

It’s an unfortunate and sad situation as we were all looking forward to seeing him back fit and in a Swans shirt, but football’s a harsh game, and Monk is right to try and push his young prospects through.

Both Fulton and Grimes have shown excellent potential in the little time they’ve played for the first team and further experience will be key if they are to develop into regular first team players.

With Shelvey, Ki and Cork already competing for the holding midfield places, and with the young duo waiting in the wings, it’s difficult to see where Leon Britton comes in amongst Monk’s midfield plans.

Leon Britton told of his frustrations, and complimented new signing Jack Cork, who has quickly adapted to his new team and already looks like the perfect replacement for the 32 year-old.

‘I spoke to the manager just before the end of the season and we talked about the frustrating season I’d had,`

‘I started off with an injury, then I picked up a few niggles and some illness which meant I had to pull out of games which I was supposed to play in.

‘Jack Cork has come into the club and he has done brilliantly and the team have done brilliantly, so I can’t complain. I am not complaining ? there are other players who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted and you are always going to get frustrated when you are in that position.`

‘When I spoke to the manager, he said that he sees things being very much the same next season, if not (worse) with me being out of the squad completely because he is trying to push young lads like Jay (Fulton) and Matt (Grimes) through.

‘They are the future of the club, I understand that. But if they take my place in the squad, I am going to be training all week and then running round the training ground on my own on a Saturday, and that’s not what I want at my age.

‘I said to the manager that I can’t do another season not playing. I have two years left on my contract, but I am 32 and I don’t want to be not playing at this age, so I have said to the manager that I will look at my options.`

It’ll be a sad day to see Leon Britton leave as a player, but hopefully he’ll soon return in a coaching role of some sort, after a possible spell in America, which is believed to be one of the options he is considering.

From arriving at the Vetch Field as a skillful winger back in 2002 – on loan from West Ham – to developing into a superb holding midfielder, Leon Britton has been the perfect professional in the last 13 years, proving to be a huge influence in our ‘Great Escape’ season in 2002/03 and our rise up to the Premier League ever since.

He’s been one of the most popular Swansea City players of the last 13 years or more and we all hope that he makes a quick return if he does decide that his career would benefit by moving on and playing regular football again.


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